My main takeaway from this talk is that I need to just DO the things I think & dream about. Bridget Watson Payne is an editor at Chronicle Books here in SF; she is also an author, a mom, an artist, and a retail store owner. Although she begins and ends her talk speaking about the impact of her mother's death and how that has compromised her ability to get as much done, Bridget is a force of creativity! I had missed the live version of this talk and am so glad that CreativeMornings shared the video — I was incredibly inspired by how Bridget simply goes and does and makes and creates. ⭐️
I first became aware of Mark Ronson with the sudden and stunning appearance of Amy Winehouse on the music scene. After that, I followed his solo career as a producer and have generally enjoyed his music. However, things I learned in this doc that I didn't know: he was a NY hip hop kid, he was engaged to Rashida Jones in the early 2000s, and he is a genuine behind-the-scenes music star who seemingly has worked with both old-school greats along with whoever's up-and-coming now.
I inhaled the first season of Abstract — a series of short docs about a graphic designer, an interior designer, an illustrator, a photographer, and four more creative professionals. It's so right up my alley — learning all about how artists work and grow and became who they are. I am late to the game in appreciating Ruth Carter — I learned about her only after I saw Black Pantherand fell in love with its characters' cool looks. In season 2 of Abstract, I immediately skipped to her episodeandloved it. She's a reader and researcher who loves libraries and writes stories with costumes. I'd really love for someone to do a full-length documentary on her life because it felt like this one could barely fit in her lengthy career, and there was only time for a little bit about her childhood and personal life. It was great, but more, please! 😁
THIS MIGHT BE THE BEST TEEN MOVIE OF ALL TIME. I am not kidding. It's a female teen buddy comedy starring Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever, set on the last day of high school, and directed by Olivia Wilde (🙌🏼female director!). The cast is diverse, the characters don't fall into stereotypes, hijinks happen but everyone is kind to each other, and the use of music to highlight a moment or create an emotional tone is seriously on point. This is my favorite movie of 2019, and I hate that the Oscars don't value comedies like they should because this one would sweep! 🏆